The Facts of Flooring: Bamboo Basics

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There’s no plant like bamboo: hard as a rock (literally), vibrant in color and texture, and unusually quick to grow. Beyond its strength and good looks, bamboo’s capacity to return to full maturity just 4-6 years after being harvested makes it a uniquely renewable resource. That’s right: Bamboo is eco-friendly flooring—no replanting needed.

We know what you’re thinking: There has to be a catch. But choosing bamboo is a real, honest-to-goodness no-brainer, especially when you know the facts. In this post, we’ll take you through some of Bamboo’s distinct characteristics, and show you offerings from our very own bamboo brand: Morning Star.

Whether bamboo is newly plant, recently harvested, or reaching maturity, its vertical growth far outpaces most species by a long shot (in fact, a species of bamboo holds the Guinness World Record for fastest-growing plant). Just how much a plant grows depends on the soil conditions, but ours are planted in a low, mountainous region of China, a setting where bamboo has flourished for centuries. That means our bamboo grows back rapidly after harvest, in an ideal ecological pattern. Check out a typical plant’s growth as it matures before harvest.

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What about bamboo’s durability—can it take the natural wear and tear that occurs in your family’s home? It turns out, bamboo is stronger than a lot of hardwood species, so it can hold its own against high heels, dropped toys and furniture. Actually, many architects and engineers have turned to bamboo in recent years as a building material because of its extraordinary strength and eco-friendly profile.

Plus, by holding off on harvesting our plants until they reach maturity after four to six years, we provide “old-growth” bamboo that’s tough as can be. That’s why we can offer a 30-year warrantee our competitors can’t—we know this stuff is built to last. Wanna know where bamboo fits in compared to other flooring types? Check out the chart below: It uses data from the Janka hardness scale, the industry standard.

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With these facts in mind, there’s really only one question: Which bamboo floor would look best in your home? Many people don’t realize just how varied bamboo can be, and our Morning Star products span a range of colors and textures. Here’s an overview of the major types we offer:

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Whether your taste runs to the gorgeous simplicity of bamboo in its natural state, or the statement-making tones of tiger strand, Morning Star has you covered. We also offer bamboo products as part of our Bellawood line, like sophisticated Bronze Ultra Strand Bamboo. Take a look at how some of our customers have remodeled with bamboo; there’s no limit to the creative possibilities.

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Ready for your own bamboo remodel? For all our bamboo offerings and info, check out LumberLiquidators.com.

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